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"Landmark" US chemical safety bill moves forward
Thu, 26 May 2016 11:52:00 GMT


Milestone legislation to reform US chemical control regulations could be signed off by President Obama by the end of the month.
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US Q1 in brief - Sears, Abercrombie & Fitch, Chico's, PVH Corp, J Crew
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 
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Debenhams new CEO is ex-Amazon vice-president
Thu, 26 May 2016 11:02:00 GMT


UK department store Debenhams has appointed Sergio Bucher, vice-president of fashion at Amazon, as its next CEO.
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Aquascutum COO to step down after three years
Thu, 26 May 2016 12:21:00 GMT


Mark Taylor, COO at UK luxury brand Aquascutum, is stepping down from the role after three years with the retailer.
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Bangladesh tightens focus on migrant labour rights
Thu, 26 May 2016 10:48:00 GMT


The International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are to work more closely together in Bangladesh on the issues of migration and labour rights.
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US Q1 in brief: Abercrombie & Fitch, Chico's, PVH Corp, J Crew, Express
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 
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What's the difference between compliance and safety?
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:50:00 GMT


Swedish fashion retailer H&M is one of the leaders of the move to change compliance, and is at the forefront of sustainability. However, at the same time H&M appears to show no interest in the safety of workers making its products, write Emma Birnbaum and David Birnbaum. What is the difference between compliance and worker safety? they ask.
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BHS supplier Courtaulds Brands in administration
Thu, 26 May 2016 12:43:00 GMT


The fall-out from the demise of UK apparel and homewares retailer BHS is starting to be felt as two of its suppliers have gone into administration, including the owner of the Pretty Polly hosiery brand.
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US Q1 in brief: PVH Corp, J Crew, Express, Tilly's, Buckle
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 
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Gap accused of rights violations in supply chain - update
Wed, 25 May 2016 16:27:00 GMT


US speciality fashion giant Gap Inc has told just-style it is collaborating with unions, governments and industry associations to improve working conditions in the factories that make its clothes after a study found violations at suppliers in India, Indonesia and Cambodia.
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Now Gap accused of rights violations in supply chain
Wed, 25 May 2016 16:27:00 GMT


A week after Swedish fashion retailer H&M was criticised for workplace violations in its supply chains in India and Cambodia, the knives have also come out for US speciality fashion giant Gap Inc.
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Workwear brand Mulliez-Flory invests in PLM
Wed, 25 May 2016 14:34:00 GMT


French workwear brand Mulliez-Flory has selected PLM to manage its entire value chain, from creation to delivery.
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Project promotes organic cotton farming in Pakistan
Wed, 25 May 2016 12:55:00 GMT


A three-year project has been launched in Pakistan to promote organic cotton farming in Balochistan province.
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New apparel e-commerce fulfilment guideline launched
Wed, 25 May 2016 13:34:00 GMT


A new guideline has been released to help apparel and general merchandise retailers, brand owners and manufacturers move towards a single e-commerce and omnichannel fulfilment process.
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Google and Levi Strauss team up on smart jacket
Tue, 24 May 2016 17:31:00 GMT


A year-long partnership between Levi Strauss and Google has led to the launch of what the companies claim is the world's first garment to feature Project Jacquard smart technology.
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Bangladesh Accord severs five more apparel suppliers
Tue, 24 May 2016 15:51:00 GMT


The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with five more ready-made garment suppliers after they failed to implement workplace safety measures - with one fraudulently falsifying concrete strength test results.
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H&M, Inditex and Nike rated supply chain leaders
Tue, 24 May 2016 17:10:00 GMT


Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, Zara brand owner Inditex and sportswear giant Nike are not only among the world's leading brands, they also have some of the best supply chains too, according to a new review.
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Adidas Speedfactory gears up for large-scale production
Wed, 25 May 2016 11:55:00 GMT


German sportswear giant Adidas is gearing up to begin large-scale footwear production next year at its "industry-changing" Speedfactory facility in Germany - and plans to extend the concept to the US.
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How M&S plans to revamp its clothing business
Wed, 25 May 2016 11:25:00 GMT


The new boss at British high street giant Marks & Spencer has set out his plans to turn around the retailer's key clothing division by lowering prices and improving style, fit and quality - after the troubled unit saw like-for-like sales slump 2.9% over the past year.
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Legislation to eliminate US duties signed into law
Wed, 25 May 2016 11:47:00 GMT


Legislation that paves the way for US apparel and footwear brands to reduce tariff costs on inputs and other articles no longer available in the US was signed into law last week by President Barack Obama.
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Freudenberg relocates Hänsel interlining production
Tue, 24 May 2016 17:42:00 GMT


Interlinings specialist Freudenberg Performance Materials has started a new knit production line for elastic interlinings at its Weinheim headquarters, two years after acquiring the business from Hänsel Textil.
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Global news roundup
Mon, 23 May 2016 13:21:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Six international brands join forest-free viscose pledge
Tue, 24 May 2016 15:24:00 GMT


Six international brands and retailers including Tesco, Esprit, KappAhl and New Look have joined a commitment to stop sourcing the raw material for their viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests.
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DuPont unveils new Artisti textile printing inks
Tue, 24 May 2016 10:50:00 GMT


DuPont is set to launch new and improved DuPont Artisti inks through its Advanced Printing business that will deliver brighter colours, shorter production cycles and higher production throughput for direct-to-garment (DTG) and roll-to-roll (RTR) printing.
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DyStar dyes receive top Cradle-to-Cradle certification
Tue, 24 May 2016 10:34:00 GMT


A number of DyStar textile dyes have become the first approved for a Material Health certificate at gold level by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
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Archroma expands eco-friendly denim dyes and finishes
Tue, 24 May 2016 11:30:00 GMT


Textile chemicals specialist Archroma is expanding its eco-friendly Earthcolors dyes collection along with new sustainable colour and finishing solutions for denim and casual wear.
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Age not the only way to connect with consumers
Tue, 24 May 2016 11:33:00 GMT


For several years apparel brands and retailers have targeted millennial consumers to drive growth, but analysts are now warning a narrow focus risks ignoring other generations who also wield tremendous purchasing power.
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M&S to see "departure" of sourcing chiefs?
Tue, 24 May 2016 14:53:00 GMT


UK retailer Marks & Spencer may see a shake-up of its sourcing team with the potential departure next year of two senior executives who have overhauled the group's supply chain. 
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C&A steps up sustainability efforts with top-rated suppliers
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:28:00 GMT


Value retailer C&A says it has increased the number of top-rated suppliers it sources from and has grown its sustainable supply chain team, as it published its first global sustainability report and revealed progress towards its 2020 goals.
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UK retailers key to domestic manufacturing growth
Wed, 18 May 2016 16:42:00 GMT


With the value of the UK clothing market set to soar over the next five years, and consumers taking more of an interest in the origin and quality of the clothing they buy, new opportunities are opening up for retailers to  play up to the strengths of sourcing closer to consumers. 
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Collaboration raises the bar on stretch denim
Mon, 23 May 2016 15:13:00 GMT


Fibre producer Invista joined forces with Turkish denim specialist Calik Denim last week to challenge industry standards at Denim Premiere Vision in Barcelona.
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Outerknown launches eco-friendly labels and tags
Mon, 23 May 2016 17:19:00 GMT


Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) has teamed up with sustainable men's wear brand Outerknown to create new tags and care labels that reduce environmental impact and help promote sustainable consumption.
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Pakistan ten-month textile exports tumble
Mon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 GMT


Pakistan saw its garment and textile exports fall by nearly 8% in the first ten months of its current fiscal year as the sector continues to be hampered by safety and security issues and a lack of modernisation.
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Footwear to see "significant" gains from TPP
Mon, 23 May 2016 14:46:00 GMT


Footwear is expected to be one of the clear winners when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, with significant gains seen in both US imports and exports.
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India unions to intensify work in garment sector
Mon, 23 May 2016 13:44:00 GMT


Unions have said they will intensify their work in India's garment and textile industry in order to improve worker safety and defend employees' rights, with a pledge to ramp up recruitment.
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New tool to improve chemicals management in factories
Mon, 23 May 2016 14:48:00 GMT


The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) has teamed up with testing and inspection specialist Intertek to launch a new set of chemical management tools designed to support textile factories in becoming more sustainable. 
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Labour may limit Malaysia TPP apparel shipments
Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:00 GMT


US imports of apparel from Malaysia are expected to increase under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement - although gains would be smaller in absolute terms than those seen for Vietnam.
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Footwear to see "significant" gains from TPP
Mon, 23 May 2016 14:46:00 GMT


Footwear is expected to be one of the clear winners when it comes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, with significant gains seen in both US imports and exports.
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US Q1 in brief: Buckle, Destination XL, Foot Locker, Shoe Carnival
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 
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Gap to close 75 stores amid "disastrous" Q1
Fri, 20 May 2016 15:12:00 GMT


In a bid to save US$275m a year, US speciality clothing retailer Gap Inc has announced it will be closing 75 Old Navy and Banana Republic stores outside North America.
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Stein Mart Q1 trading shows steady rise
Fri, 20 May 2016 14:45:00 GMT


Off-price fashion retailer Stein Mart said it is pleased with spring inventories going into the next quarter after seeing a 0.6% rise in total sales in its first-quarter.
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Global news roundup
Fri, 20 May 2016 11:38:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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EU project to find new uses for recycled textile waste
Fri, 20 May 2016 10:22:00 GMT


With more than 3m tons of textiles being thrown away each year in the EU alone, a new project aims to provide a second life for unwanted textiles by turning them into new consumer products.
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Victoria's Secret discontinues swimwear in move to simplify
Fri, 20 May 2016 12:46:00 GMT


Victoria's Secret is set for change, with a number of developments in the pipeline to help simplify the business in the hope of accelerating growth.
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Moss Bross trading shows improvement
Fri, 20 May 2016 14:11:00 GMT


Men's wear retailer Moss Bross Group said trading has shown further improvement, in line with market expectations, thanks to strong retail sales and positive growth in its hire business. 
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 20 May 2016 14:04:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the growing threat of Amazon's e-commerce presence, a closer look at China's role in the apparel industry and a boost in the development of engineered spider silk yarns.
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US Q1 in brief: Foot Locker, Shoe Carnival, New York & Co
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 
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PVH enters JV in Mexico with Grupo Axo
Fri, 20 May 2016 10:29:00 GMT


PVH Corp has signed a joint venture agreement in Mexico that will allow it to maintain a direct ownership interest in its Calvin Klein and Heritage Brands businesses in the country, while gaining more control over Tommy Hilfiger in the region.
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Bjorn Borg reveals mixed Q1
Fri, 20 May 2016 11:04:00 GMT


Swedish underwear brand Björn Borg has booked a mixed first-quarter as sales grew but earnings tumbled. 
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H&M criticised for labour abuses in India and Cambodia
Fri, 20 May 2016 11:35:00 GMT


Swedish apparel retailer H&M has come under fire once more over workplace violations in its supply chains, in particular across India and Cambodia. 
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US Q1 in brief: Shoe Carnival, New York & Co, Ross Stores
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 
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Yarn-forward rules may weigh on Vietnam's TPP potential
Fri, 20 May 2016 11:37:00 GMT


While Vietnam is likely to see some of the biggest apparel export gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new report confirms industry concerns that its shortfall in yarn and fabric production, ability to meet yarn-forward rules of origin, capacity constraints and related price effects could all weigh on its potential.
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China Xiniya Fashion widens FY net loss
Thu, 19 May 2016 16:28:00 GMT


China Xiniya Fashion has widened its net loss for the last fiscal year but said it was hopeful of seeing positive results from the implementation of a new compressed business model designed to improve supply chain efficiency.
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US Q1 in brief: Wal-Mart, Urban Outfitters, American Eagle Outfitters
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 
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Report reveals corporate progress towards safer chemicals
Thu, 19 May 2016 12:17:00 GMT


As part of a bid to work towards safer chemicals in products and supply chains, the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) has published its inaugural report into how leading companies manage chemical risks.
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India eyes Iran's apparel market to boost exports
Thu, 19 May 2016 15:01:00 GMT


In a bid to grow its ready-made garment exports, India is looking to tap Iran's market for simple apparel products following the removal of economic sanctions against the country last year.
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Mothercare books first profit in five years
Thu, 19 May 2016 13:29:00 GMT


Mothercare has reported its first profit in five years as its UK turnaround continues to make progress.
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Asda Q1 sales tumble on "fierce competition"
Thu, 19 May 2016 15:46:00 GMT


UK retailer Asda has posted a fall in like-for-like sales in its first-quarter as a result of tough competition in the supermarket sector and traffic declines. 
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Clothing stores continue to drag on UK retail sales
Thu, 19 May 2016 16:27:00 GMT


Clothing stores continue to drag on growth in the UK retail sector, with official figures showing these were the only categories not to see an increase in quantity bought in April.
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Volatile consumer environment weighs on Target Q1
Thu, 19 May 2016 16:39:00 GMT


US department store retailer Target Corp said its first-quarter results reflect an "increasingly volatile consumer environment" after posting a 5.4% fall in revenue in comparison with last year.
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Trade union joint platform agreed for Vietnam
Thu, 19 May 2016 12:14:00 GMT


A joint platform for trade union cooperation has been agreed in Vietnam in a move designed to improve the exchange of information and coordination of union activities.
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Better Cotton strengthens top team with new COO
Thu, 19 May 2016 11:55:00 GMT


The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has promoted Lena Staafgard to the newly-created role of chief operating officer to oversee the global operational effectiveness of the organisation, including its supply programme.
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Kraig Labs to increase spider silk production
Thu, 19 May 2016 11:33:00 GMT


Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, a leading developer of spider silk-based fibres, is preparing to increase its production, adding an additional location o operate alongside its previously announced operation in Vietnam.
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TPP likely to lead to rise in US apparel imports
Thu, 19 May 2016 11:28:00 GMT


A long-awaited report on the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has confirmed the agreement is likely to lead to a rise in US apparel imports - and that Vietnam would be the biggest beneficiary.
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The Flanarant - Is China really going through a slump?
Wed, 18 May 2016 15:27:00 GMT


Slowing economic growth and growing competition are hitting the profits of Chinese retailers, while the country's clothing exports to the US dropped 39% year-on-year in March. Mike Flanagan takes a closer look at what this might mean for the apparel industry.
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US Q1 in brief: Urban Outfitters, American Eagle Outfitters, L Brands
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:18:00 GMT


In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle Outfitters both revealed strong results, while JC Penney narrowed its net losses but booked a drop in sales. Skechers, Carter's and Columbia Sportswear, meanwhile, all recorded record sales performances for the quarter, while Under Armour posted another solid quarter of revenue growth. 
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M&S and Debenhams will gain most from BHS break-up
Wed, 18 May 2016 13:02:00 GMT


UK retailers Marks & Spencer and Debenhams stand to gain the most from the break up of high street stalwart BHS, which went into administration last month, according to one analyst. 
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Burberry sets out growth plan amid falling profits
Wed, 18 May 2016 16:45:00 GMT


Fashion brand Burberry has announced an ambitious three-year plan to drive revenue growth, improve productivity and deliver at least GBP100m (US$146.2m) of cost savings in the face of falling sales and profits.
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Can supplier ratings reform apparel purchasing practices?
Wed, 18 May 2016 09:47:00 GMT


A new initiative has been launched to try to improve the purchasing practices of apparel retailers and brands by asking suppliers to rate their performance - with the results listed and shared publicly.
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Global news roundup
Tue, 17 May 2016 15:23:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Visual 2000 develops direct shipping integrations
Wed, 18 May 2016 11:05:00 GMT


Fashion software provider Visual 2000 International has added a host of new shipping carrier integrations to its suite of omni-channel software for apparel, footwear, and accessories customers in Europe, North America and Australia.
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Moriarty new Bangladesh Alliance country director
Wed, 18 May 2016 12:41:00 GMT


As part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of garment-ready (RMG) factories in Bangladesh, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says its executive director James Moriarty will take on more responsibilities as its new country director.
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Hudson's Bay set to increase European presence
Wed, 18 May 2016 15:02:00 GMT


Canadian department store retailer Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) is set to expand its European presence with plans for up to 20 new stores in the Netherlands over the next two years.
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Arafa Holding FY boosted by efficiency and cost cutting
Tue, 17 May 2016 15:16:00 GMT


Arafa Holding, Egypt's biggest textile and garment producer and exporter, managed to maintain its full-year profits despite the negative impact of depreciation of the group's key revenues against the US dollar.
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JC Penney launches first private label for plus-size millennials
Tue, 17 May 2016 17:12:00 GMT


Building on the combined strengths of its private brands and the growing plus-size and millennial markets, JC Penney has launched its first plus-size line for millennial women.
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